1860 "ends in gloom and sadness"
Editorial in Alexandria Gazette, December 31, 1860.
"THE YEAR 1860 is about to pass away forever! It ends in gloom and sadness," wrote the editor of the Alexandria Gazette, reflecting the opinions of many Virginians who worried about the future at the end of the year 1860. South Carolina had seceded from the United States on December 20, and Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama had recently held elections for delegates to state conventions that would consider the question of secession in January 1861.